Illegal Act

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Illegal Act

An act in violation of a law in the jurisdiction in which it is committed. Examples of illegal acts include theft, or the unauthorized taking of property, perjury, or lying under oath, and murder. The criminality of some illegal acts (notably fraud, theft and others) helps to ensure smooth operation of businesses.
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I have done nothing actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door locked you lay yourself open to an action for assault and illegal constraint.
You must be aware that what you are doing is quite illegal.
He had persistently elevated Hellenic Paganism at the expense of Christianity; yet in that civilization an illegal surrender was not certain disesteem.
Though indeed some persons may have this further [1276a] doubt, whether a citizen can be a citizen when he is illegally made; as if an illegal citizen, and one who is no citizen at all, were in the same predicament: but since we see some persons govern unjustly, whom yet we admit to govern, though not justly, and the definition of a citizen is one who exercises certain offices, for such a one we have defined a citizen to be, it is evident, that a citizen illegally created yet continues to be a citizen, but whether justly or unjustly so belongs to the former inquiry.
Yes," I said, "it is morally justifiable so long as our object is to take no articles save those which are used for an illegal purpose.
Napoleon Bonaparte was despised by all as long as he was great, but now that he has become a wretched comedian the Emperor Francis wants to offer him his daughter in an illegal marriage.
But don't you see my sale of the charter to the Company is itself, Monty being alive, an illegal act.
You may be sure that no one connected with the Japanese Embassy here would be permitted for one single second to take part in any such illegal act.
Exciting times are the lot of the fish patrol: in its history more than one dead patrolman has marked defeat, and more often dead fishermen across their illegal nets have marked success.
A dispute with the Friends had already led to the beginning of his controversial writing when in 1660 the Restoration rendered preaching by persons outside the communion of the Church of England illegal, and he was arrested and imprisoned in Bedford jail.
The accumulation of gold in the treasury of private individuals is ruin the of timocracy; they invent illegal modes of expenditure; for what do they or their wives care about the law?
did; and to do the business at once an illegal ecclesiastical